TRANSFEROSOME: A RECENT APPROACH FOR TRANSDERMAL DRUG DELIVERY
Novel drug delivery systems are now a day is creating a new interest in development of drug deliveries. The transdermal route of drug delivery has gained great interest of pharmaceutical research, as it circumvents number of problems associated with oral route of drug administration. Transferosomes are capable of transdermal delivery of low as well as high molecular weight drugs. This offers several potential advantages over conventional routes like avoidance of first pass metabolism, predictable and extended duration of activity, minimizing undesirable side effects, utility of short half life drugs, improving physiological and pharmacological response and have been applied to increases the efficiency of the material transfer across the intact skin, by the use of penetration enhancers and non-ionic surfactant vesicles. It is suitable for controlled and targeted drug delivery and it can accommodate drug molecules with wide range of solubility. Due to its high deformability it gives better penetration of intact vesicles. Transferosome possess an infrastructure consisting of hydrophobic and hydrophilic moieties together and as a result can accommodate drug molecules with wide range of solubility. They are biocompatible and biodegradable as they are made from natural phospholipids and have high entrapment efficiency. In this review, we have focused on transferosome with discussions on novel drug delivery systems for targeted delivery of therapeutics and important issues and challenges for future clinical applications.
Keywords: Novel drug delivery systems, Transferosomes, Transdermal drug delivery, Targeted drug delivery
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